TV premiere of the production for Green Producing on September 28 and October 5 at 8.15 p.m. on ORF 2
Vienna (OTS) – The new “Universum” two-part series “Natural Heritage Austria – The National Parks” by director Heinz Leger leads to where Austria is still wild and pristine, deep into our national parks, which protect nature and the animal world, despite all threats, also for future generations try to preserve. The reason for the new “Universum” production produced by Interspot Film in accordance with the criteria of the Austrian Ecolabel for Green Producing is the 50th anniversary of the signing of the “Heiligenblut Agreement”, in which the governors of Carinthia, Salzburg and Tyrol agreed to set up the notified the first Austrian national parks.
First insights into the fascinating “Universum” journey through Austria’s national parks and other “Universum” highlights were given yesterday, on Monday, September 20, 2021, in the presence of Climate Minister Leonore Gewessler, the Interspot film producers Ingrid, Nikolaus and Nils Klingohr and ORF-2 channel manager Alexander Hofer presented in the Interspot film studios. The event was attended by representatives of the local national parks, national funding agencies and Austrian nature film producers, National Park Director Heinz Leger, Tom Matzek, ORF-TV Head of Education and Current Affairs, ORF Sustainability Officer Anita Malli and “Universum” boss Gernot Lercher.
“Natural Heritage Austria – The National Parks” will celebrate its TV premiere on Tuesday, September 28th and October 5th, at 8:15 pm on ORF 2. The nature film production was a co-production of Interspot Film and ORF in cooperation with the National Parks Austria and BMK, Funded by the Austrian Television Fund, the Province of Lower Austria, the Vienna Film Fund, the Province of Upper Austria, the Province of Burgenland, the Environment Department for the Province of Carinthia, the Environment Department for the Province of Styria, the Carinthia Film Commission and Cine Styria.
Climate Minister Leonore Gewessler: “The six national parks are the greatest natural treasures of our country and important allies in the joint fight against the climate crisis”
“I am very happy about the main role of this ‘Universum’ production – the fauna and flora of the Austrian national parks, in which nature can simply be nature. The six national parks are the greatest natural treasures of our country. They are of very special importance – for the protection of our natural heritage and the diverse flora and fauna. They are also important allies in the joint fight against the climate crisis. Only together can we preserve untouched nature for future generations. I am therefore looking forward to this ‘Universum’ production, which will be suitable for conveying the success of nature conservation over the past 50 years to a wide audience, “that is, Gewessler, the Austrian Ecolabel for Green Producing for the realization of the two-part nature film event in film and television to the Interspot managing directors Nikolaus and Nils Klingohr.
Interspot film producer Nikolaus Klingohr: “50 years after the foundation stone was laid for the national parks, the importance of this future-oriented decision is becoming more and more aware”
“In 1971, the foundation stone for the Austrian national parks was laid with the Heiligenblut Agreement. Today – 50 years later – we are becoming more and more aware of the importance of this future-oriented decision. When we look in amazement at these specially protected habitats, their diverse flora and fauna, one can only guess what we would have lost, at least for a while, but also irretrievably. “Klingohr thanked all production partners for their support,” To be able to show the TV audience how beautiful our country and our earth are, and at the same time to be able to create awareness of how important the preservation of nature is ”.
ORF-2 channel manager Alexander Hofer: “For ORF 2 it is a matter of course and joy to dedicate a new ‘Universum’ production to the national parks on the 50th anniversary of their ‘birth'”
“When the local national parks celebrate the 50th anniversary of their ‘birth’, then for ORF 2, as the country’s Austria broadcaster, it is not only a matter of course, but above all a great pleasure to have a new, two-part ‘Universum’ production on this anniversary to dedicate. This production, for the creation of which I would like to thank everyone, is not only characterized once again by wonderful pictures, but also focuses on a topic that can no longer be denied: climate change, which ORF 2 will increasingly focus on in the future dedicate to different transmission vessels. The production presented today is not only a look back at the important day the national park was founded, but also a starting signal for further journalistic considerations on the subject of climate change / climate protection. I am especially looking forward to two important ‘Universum’ main evenings for the audience on ORF 2. “
“Universum” boss Gernot Lercher: “National park production dips deep into Austria’s most pristine natural landscape and is reminiscent of the visionary commitment of a courageous civil society”
“This ‘Universum’ two-parter dips deeply into Austria’s most pristine natural landscape in a wonderful way. At the same time, however, it also touches us because it reminds us of the visionary commitment of a courageous civil society. National parks as we know and appreciate them today are dying of people who made them possible in the first place. More and more often today, humans and nature are in a field of tension and literally get in each other’s way. This ‘Universum’ shows more impressively how carefully fauna and flora are protected in our national parks and the park management faces the challenges of a climatically uncertain future at all times of the year. “
“Universum” director Heinz Leger: “The diversity that Austria’s nature has to offer in such a small area is breathtaking!”
“I have already worked for the ORF on all continents and have seen and experienced a lot, but the variety that Austria has to offer in such a small space is breathtaking! On a hot summer day we have For example, one of these magical sunrises was filmed on a salt lake, for which the Neusiedler See – Seewinkel National Park is so famous, that on the evening of the same day in the Hohe Tauern National Park, Bearded Vultures were shot in the last evening light. Our film is a journey to where Austria is still wild and pristine, deep into national parks, dying like defensive bastions, nature and its animal world, despite all threats, are dying to preserve costumes for future generations. “
“Natural Heritage Austria – The National Parks” on September 28th and October 5th at 8:15 pm on ORF 2
From the stormy summit of the Großglockner in the largest and subsequent Hohe Tauern National Park in the west to the Donau-Auen National Park with one of the largest intact wetlands in Central Europe in the east. In between the imposing rock formations in the Gesäuse National Park, in the immediate vicinity of the deep forests with their shy inhabitants in the Kalkalpen National Park. From the sun-burned salt paints that make the Neusiedler See – Seewinkel National Park something very special, to the smallest national park, the Thayatal National Park, both of which continue beyond the national border. The six national parks of Austria have set themselves the goal of preserving the diverse natural heritage of the country and facing the challenges of the future.
The first part of the “Universum” two-part series tells of the beginnings of the national parks in Austria, which were shaped by the visions of some pioneers and the civil disobedience of many. The second part focuses on the challenges of the future.
More information on the national park two-part, including statements from the national parks and other “Universum” autumn highlights 2021, can be found at http://presse.ORF.at retrievable.